Global Weather Hazards Summary: August 19 - 25, 2016

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 19 Aug 2016 View Original

Heavy rains expected to further increase risk of flooding in West and East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. The persistence of above-average rainfall continues to increase both short-term and long-term rainfall surpluses and trigger flooding throughout many areas in Sudan, South Sudan and western Ethiopia. Above-average rainfall is forecast to continue over the region, further worsening the potential for flooding over many downstream areas of eastern Sudan during the next week.

  2. Although less rainfall is forecast over the region this week, torrential rains in early August led to floods that damaged infrastructure and food stocks and displaced people in the Darfur States of Sudan.

  3. Increased locust populations in Yemen are forecast to migrate across the Red Sea into parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti during August.

  4. Heavy and frequent rain over the past several weeks has led to substantial rainfall surpluses and flooding over over many local areas of West Africa. During the next week, above-average rainfall is forecast, which will further increase the risk of flooding.

  5. Heavy rainfall in July over parts of Senegal, Mali, and southern Mauritania has led to the potential for increased numbers of locusts, which may negatively impact cropping activities.